New threat: WHO alerts about this deadly infection in children amid corona infection, cases increased by 80%


For more than two years, the havoc of corona infection has been going on all over the world. All the variants of Corona have affected people of all ages. At present, the Omicron variant, which has caused great troubles for the world, has increased the difficulties for children as well. Data coming from many countries of the world including India show that this variant is fast catching children too. Some studies have even warned of serious conditions in children due to this. Amidst the ongoing crisis of Corona, the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF have alerted about another major threat related to children. In a joint meeting, WHO and UNICEF have warned all countries about the possibility of an outbreak of measles. Health organizations say that the kind of conditions that have been seen in recent years need to be taken as a sign of a 'big storm'. Measles infections are being reported significantly more worldwide this year than in previous years. Health organizations have issued a warning saying that all countries need to be very careful about this, because the kind of data coming out can be indicative of a bigger problem. There is a great need to increase measles vaccination in children.


Rapid rise in measles cases
The WHO and UNICEF reported in a joint news release that in the first two months of 2022, there was a nearly 80% increase in measles cases worldwide. Health organizations said that due to the ongoing corona epidemic for the last two years, there has been a disparity and shortage in measles vaccination globally. Perhaps this is the reason why a sharp jump is being seen in the case of infection in the initial months of this year as compared to the previous years.

Fatal infection in children
Measles is a highly contagious and fatal disease affecting children. According to reports, in January and February 2022, around 17,338 cases were registered worldwide, while during the first two months of the year 2021 this figure was close to 9,665.

Social and political conditions in many other countries, including Ukraine, Ethiopia, Somalia and Afghanistan, have led to a decline in routine measles vaccination, according to a news release issued by health organizations. Apart from this, the conditions arising due to Kovid-19, lack of clean water and sanitation etc. have also increased the case of this very dangerous infection of children, about which special alert is needed.

Measles can be deadly
Speaking to Amar Ujala, Dr. Atul Bhardwaj, Senior Physician, Intensive Care Unit, says, Measles is a very serious infection usually occurring in children below 5 years of age. 20-70% of children are at risk of developing severe cases due to the infection. At the same time, data shows that 3-15 percent of children die due to this infection. Symptoms of measles appear 7 to 14 days after exposure to the virus and usually include high fever, cough, runny nose. In this infection, a rash occurs on the skin.


Vaccination is very important for prevention
Dr. Atul Bhardwaj says, due to the campaign and vaccination to prevent measles in India, now its cases have come down much less than before. All parents must get their children vaccinated against measles. This two-dose vaccine is easily available in government health centers. Vaccination inequality is a matter of concern right now, there is a special need for parents to be alert about this.